Jan. 7: Release of Open Doors’ 2015 World Watch List
World Watch List Ranks the World’s Most Dangerous Countries for Christians
On Wed, Jan. 7, Open Doors USA will announce its 2015 World Watch List, which ranks the top 50 countries where it is the most dangerous and difficult to be a Christian, at the National Press Club in Washington.
Approximately 100 million Christians are persecuted worldwide, one of the most persecuted groups in the world. ISIS continues to target Christians with acts of violence and Islamic extremism is spreading across the Middle East and Africa. In 2014 alone, a Pakistani couple was beaten then burned alive, a mother had to give birth shackled to chains in Sudan and more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped—all because of their Christian faith.
For the past 12 years, North Korea has topped the list as the most dangerous place to be a Christian. But with the Middle East and Africa dominating the headlines, this year’s list may have some surprises.
At the press conference, Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry will release this year’s World Watch List and provide an update on the persecution of Christians worldwide; Nina Shea, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and director of the Center for Religious Freedom, will provide commentary on religious freedom; and Damaris Atsen, a persecuted Christian from Nigeria, will share her own experiences.
“The World Watch List helps us to continue to tell the story of persecuted Christians worldwide,” said Curry. “Our hope is that Americans will not forget the difficult circumstances Christians overseas face each day.”
WHO: David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA
Nina Shea, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and director of the Center for Religious Freedom
Damaris Atsen, a persecuted Christian from Nigeria
Announcement of the 2015 World Watch List
Wed, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. ET
Murrow Room at the National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045
About Open Doors USA:
For nearly 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries for Christians. Open Doors works to equip and encourage Christians living in dangerous circumstances with the threat of persecution and equips the Western church to advocate for the persecuted. Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. For more information, visit OpenDoorsUSA.org.